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Airbus introduces the A220-100 and A220-300

Airbus has revealed the A220 at a ceremony held at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse. Witnessed by Airbus employees and members of the global news media, the A220-300 landed directly from the painting at 12:25 am CEST wearing its new Airbus name and colours.

10th Jul 2018 | Read more

Boeing and Embraer to Establish Strategic Aerospace Partnership to Accelerate Global Aerospace Growth

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Embraer (B3: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ) announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership that positions both companies to accelerate growth in global aerospace markets.

6th Jul 2018 | Read more

Jet Aviation Staffing receives Gulfstream Supplier of Year Award

Jet Aviation Staffing’s dedication to customer service has been recognized by Gulfstream with a Supplier of the Year Award.

27th Jun 2018 | Read more

Do We Still Have Competition in Aircraft Manufacturing?

Air travel today is down to a very exact science. When airlines are building their fleets, they have a multitude of factors to consider when carefully selecting which aircraft will best help them accomplish their desired mission.

26th Jun 2018 | Read more

RUAG accomplishes first overhaul of PW206 engine

For the first time, RUAG Aviation has overhauled a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206 engine.

13th Jun 2018 | Read more

Leonardo delivers 1,500th fuselage to ATR, historic milestone

Leonardo has reached a new, important and historic milestone with the delivery of the 1,500th fuselage to the ATR consortium.

7th Jun 2018 | Read more


Qantas has today announced an order for six additional Boeing 787-9s to fly on its international network, bringing its fleet of Dreamliners to 14 by the end of 2020.

2nd May 2018 | Read more

GE Aviation's GEnx Engines Power Qantas 787-9 Perth to London Historic Flight

GE Aviation is privileged to power the Qantas 787-9 fleet with the GEnx engine and especially the historic flight from Perth to London. On Saturday evening, March 24, around 236 passengers took part in a major milestone in the aviation industry

24th Mar 2018 | Read more

A new era of travel with Qantas

Qantas' inaugural Perth to London flight will depart tomorrow, a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft, our 787 Dreamliner, connecting Australians direct to Europe for the first time.

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more


Successfully Completes Chinese CAAC Audit

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

Hawaiian Airlines selects GEnx engines to power Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Hawaiian Airlines selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its intended purchase of 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

Jet Aviation extends FAA approval for Falcon F7X/8X and F900 series in Hong Kong

Jet Aviation recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizing its MRO facility in Hong Kong

3rd Mar 2018 | Read more

Boeing 737 Max 9 receives certification

US regulators have awarded Boeing an amended type certificate for the 737 Max 9,

20th Feb 2018 | Read more

GE and Tata celebrate the ground-breaking of a world class Aero-engine Centre of Excellence

GE and Tata group, India's leading global enterprise, today held the ground-breaking ceremony for a world class Structural Center of Excellence (COE) focused on aero-engine components.

13th Feb 2018 | Read more

EFW Secures Launch Contract for A321P2F Conversion from Vallair

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus, announced today that it has secured a launch contract from Vallair Solutions Sàrl (Vallair)

8th Feb 2018 | Read more

SIA Engineering Company to form Joint Venture with GE Aviation

Mainboard-listed SIA Engineering Company Limited ("SIAEC") and GE Aviation ("GE") announced that it will be signing a joint venture agreement to form an engine overhaul joint venture based in Singapore.

7th Feb 2018 | Read more

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation chooses AW169 helicopter for electronic newsgathering role in Japan

Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company.

7th Feb 2018 | Read more

IAI and ST Engineering Won the CAAS Aviation Challenge in Singapore Twice

A Team of ST Engineering and Israel Aerospace Industries Won CAAS Aviation Challenge 1 and 2 Programs

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Record Year for IAI in Aircraft Conversion

The past year has been a record year for IAI's Bedek Division in terms of conversion of passenger airplanes to cargo configurations.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Russian Helicopters to Export 7 Ка-32А11BCs in 2018

At the end of last December Russian Helicopters has delivered two Ка-32А11ВС helicopters to Fire Department of the Department of Public Safety, Qingdao, China, and two more machines will be handed over to United Helicopters, China, this year.

26th Jan 2018 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace at Singapore Air Show 2018

Liebherr-Aerospace will participate in Singapore Air Show 2018, which takes place from February 6 to 11 at the Changi Exhibition Center.

20th Jan 2018 | Read more

Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft,

19th Jan 2018 | Read more

Clean Sky 2: MTU Aero Engines develops new technologies for geared turbofans

As the geared turbofans (GTFs) of the first generation are busy clocking up mileage in revenue service, MTU Aero Engines engineers already have their hands full

15th Dec 2017 | Read more

Airbus Board of Directors Announces Top Management Succession Plan

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus.

15th Dec 2017 | Read more

MTU Aero Engines substantiates outlook to 2025

At its Investor and Analyst Day 2017, MTU Aero Engines AG provided a concrete outlook for the period to 2025.

13th Dec 2017 | Read more

AAR Continues to Grow Business and Capabilities with Air New Zealand

AAR (NYSE: AIR), a global leader in aviation services, has committed to significantly increasing the volume of contracted component repairs with Air New Zealand.

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

Emirates places US$15.1 billion order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners at 2017 Dubai Airshow

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

14th Nov 2017 | Read more

Boeing kicks off 2017 Dubai Airshow with $15 billion deal

Dubai's Emirates airline unveiled a provisional $15.1 billion order for 40 of Boeing's 787-10 jetliners

13th Nov 2017 | Read more

ST Engineering's Aerospace Arm Secures New Contracts

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd

24th Oct 2017 | Read more

MTU Executive Board to expand to four members

MTU Aero Engines’ Executive Board will be reorganized, with the number of members increasing from three to four.

24th Oct 2017 | Read more

Boeing Sees Growing Demand for New Airplanes in Southeast Asia

Boeing Sees Growing Demand for New Airplanes in Southeast Asia

22nd Sep 2017 | Read more

United Technologies buying Rockwell Collins for $30b

United Technologies and Rockwell Collins announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which United Technologies (UTC) will acquire Rockwell Collins for $140.00 per share, in cash and UTC stock.

6th Sep 2017 | Read more


Metrojet Limited (, a leading business aircraft services provider based in Hong Kong with presence in Asia

1st Sep 2017 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace is a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry

Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS, Toulouse (France), is one of eleven divisional control companies within the Liebherr Group and coordinates all activities in the aerospace and transportation systems sectors.

4th Aug 2017 | Read more

Boeing, Airbus to invest in EEC with Thai Air

The world’s top two commercial aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, are paving the way for Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)

1st Aug 2017 | Read more

Philippine Airlines Takes Delivery of the First Dual-Class, 86-seat Q400 Aircraft

Bombardier delivered the world’s first dual-class, 86 seat turboprop aircraft to Philippine Airlines at its facility in Toronto, Canada, where the aircraft is manufactured.

25th Jul 2017 | Read more

Boeing Shanghai Signs its First Maintenance Agreement

Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) today announced the signing of a maintenance agreement with Chinese-based SF Airlines Co. Ltd (SF Airlines)

15th Jul 2017 | Read more

Airbus Selects Rockwell Collins for FOMAX Program

In a move that will help airlines shift toward all-digital operations, Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus for the flight operations and maintenance exchanger (FOMAX)

15th Jul 2017 | Read more

ATR Selects Liebherr-Aerospace for New Generation Air Management System

ATR has selected Liebherr-Aerospace to develop, manufacture and supply a new generation air management system

21st Jun 2017 | Read more

Flight Simulation Technique center in india purchases a bombardier q400 simulator

FlightSafety International has signed an agreement with Flight Simulation Technique Centre Pvt Ltd. (FSTC) for the purchase of a full flight simulator

21st Jun 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded More than $20 Million Contract to Supply DIRCM Systems

“Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded more than $20 million contract by an African-based

21st Jun 2017 | Read more

Japan Airlines signs GE TrueChoice Overhaul agreement for CF6-80C2 engines

Japan Airlines signed a two-year TrueChoiceTM Overhaul agreement with GE Aviation for the time and material to repair and overhaul 18 CF6-80C2 engines

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace Selected to Provide New Rudder Servo Control for Airbus Single Aisle Family

Liebherr-Aerospace will supply state-of-the-art rudder servo control for the Airbus Single Aisle family. The contract between Airbus and Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH was signed recently.

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Rolls-Royce Selects Liebherr-Aerospace for Trent 7000 Engine Valve

Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce plc has selected Liebherr-Aerospace for the design, manufacture and service of a key pneumatic component,

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Boeing, GECAS Announce Order for 20 737 MAX 10

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric [NYSE: GE] today announced an order for 20 of the new 737 MAX

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Hawker Pacific appointed sales representative for Cessna piston aircraft throughout Australia

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has been appointed the authorized sales representative of Cessna piston aircraft

22nd May 2017 | Read more


FL3XX announces a new era in aviation with the implementation of dozens of of connectors to its platform.

22nd May 2017 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney has launched EngineWise,

Pratt & Whitney has launched EngineWise, a new service brand to better represent what it offers

26th Apr 2017 | Read more

Etihad Engineering Looks To Expanded Production, 3D Printing

Etihad Airways Engineering recently received the first EASA certification for Part 21G production granted to a Middle Eastern airline MRO.

11th Apr 2017 | Read more

MTU Maintenance Canada and Barfield extend their exclusive partnership by five years

MTU Maintenance, one of the world’s leading providers of services for commercial aero engines, and MRO provider Barfield Inc.

7th Apr 2017 | Read more

Hawker Pacific appoints National Sales Manager to support growth of Spares and Logistics business

Gary Dawson brings over 30 years industry experience to the new role of National Sales Manager Spares and Logistics

30th Mar 2017 | Read more

Air New Zealand introduces Dreamliner on Adelaide route

With visitor numbers between New Zealand and South Australia continuing to soar, Air New Zealand has today announced it will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Adelaide from October 2017

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Embraer lands in the Silicon Valley, with sights on disruptive innovation

Embraer announced today that it is forming innovation teams in Silicon Valley and in Boston, in the United States.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Embraer Executive Jets performance set for 'gradual' improvement

Embraer predicts a “gradual” improvement in the performance of its executive jets division from 2017

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

Honeywell and Australia¹s Flite Path Sign Agreement for Defence Aviation and Commercial Helicopter Customers

Honeywell has signed an agreement with Flite Path, an Australian-owned aerospace parts supplier and stocking distributor.

4th Mar 2017 | Read more

Hawker Pacific announces lineup for Avalon 2017

Hawker Pacific confirms stellar lineup of aircraft on static display at Avalon Airshow including a Cessna Citation Latitude

22nd Feb 2017 | Read more

Japan Airlines adopts Honeywell GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software

Honeywell has been selected by Japan Airlines to provide its fuel-management service to help decrease fuel consumption and costs.

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace Opens New Office in India

Liebherr-Aerospace has opened a new regional office in Bangalore on February 13th, 2017.

15th Feb 2017 | Read more

Mitsubishi Aircraft rejigs leadership

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft, has again changed the leadership of its aircraft

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Dust vs. CMCs: A Cool Winner

The second phase of GE9X CMC (ceramic matrix composite) component testing in a GEnx demonstrator engine is complete

19th Jan 2017 | Read more

"CEB receives new A330-300 aircraft in time for the holiday peak"

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) received a new Airbus A330-300 aircraft last December 14, 2016, creating more available seats for our valued guests in time for the holiday peak.

20th Dec 2016 | Read more

Gulfstream G600 takes to the skies

Gulfstream has kicked-off the certification campaign for its new G600 business jet, following first flight of the large-cabin, long-range twin on 17 December.

20th Dec 2016 | Read more

Boeing, Iran Air in deal for 80 airplanes

American manufacturer Boeing and Iran Air announced they have finalised a deal for 80 aircraft that includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s, valued at US$16.6 billion at list prices.

12th Dec 2016 | Read more

AAR and Air New Zealand Form Strategic Partnership for Components

AAR (NYSE: AIR), a global leader in the aviation aftermarket, has entered into a long-term contract with Air New Zealand

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Peach Decides to Introduce Airbus A320neo to its Fleet

Peach Aviation Limited (“Peach”; Representative Director and CEO: Shinichi Inoue; Head office: Osaka Prefecture) today decided to purchase A320neo aircraft from Airbus SAS

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace Celebrates Extension of its Center for Liaison and Customer Service in Shanghai

fficially celebrating the extension of Liebherr-Aerospace China, guests gathered on November 4, 2016 at the Shanghai-based center for liaison and customer service, which has doubled its size to 3,700 m² (ca. 40,000 sq ft)

8th Nov 2016 | Read more

COMAC Receives Additional Orders of GE's CF34-powered ARJ21 Aircraft

COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.) held a signing ceremony on November 1 at the Zhuhai Air Show with China Aerospace Leasing Co., Ltd. (CASLC) for 20 firm and 20 options of ARJ21-700 aircraft powered by GE's CF34-10A engines.

7th Nov 2016 | Read more

Xiamen Airlines Selects GEnx Engine to Power Its Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Xiamen Airlines signed an agreement with GE Aviation today at the Airshow China 2016 to select GEnx-1B engine to power its additional six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

2nd Nov 2016 | Read more

UPS order gives Boeing a lift

Global parcel company United Parcel Service gave a boost to Boeing’s fortunes with an order for 14 747-8 cargo jets worth US$5.3 billion at list prices.

28th Oct 2016 | Read more

Lufthansa Systems expands partner network for BoardConnect

Airlines now have even more flexibility in providing inflight entertainment

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

Bombardier job cuts

Canadian plane maker Bombardier said it would cut 7,500 additional jobs this year on top of the 7,000 it announced in February as it tries to turn around its business.

22nd Oct 2016 | Read more

Boeing, China Southern Airlines finalize Order for 12 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and China Southern Airlines said they have finalised an order of 12 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at US$3.2 billion at current list prices.

13th Oct 2016 | Read more

ATR getting new CEO

Turboprop maker ATR’s CEO, Patrick de Castelbajac, confirmed at an industry gathering that he is stepping down and that Airbus Group executive Christian Scherer will be taking his place

12th Oct 2016 | Read more

Qatar Airways orders 30 787-9 Dreamliners, 10 777-300ERs

Middle East stalwart Qatar Airways said it had ordered 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs, valued at US$11.7 billion at list prices.

8th Oct 2016 | Read more

AerCap places five Embraer E-Jets E2 with Borajet

Embraer and AerCap Holdings announced the placement of the first E-Jets E2 by a lessor.

7th Oct 2016 | Read more

Airbus reorganises and Bregier gets COO post

Airbus Group announced on Friday that it will combine all of the company’s separate divisions into one company to cut costs

1st Oct 2016 | Read more


Diehl Aerospace, a unit of the first tier supplier Diehl Aerosystems, is establishing a fully owned subsidiary in Singapore,

26th Sep 2016 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines signs deal for LEAP engines

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) said it has finalised its order with CFM International for LEAP-1B engines

23rd Sep 2016 | Read more

Jetstar Pacific Finalizes Its First Direct Order With Airbus

Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific Airlines has finalized a purchase agreement with Airbus for 10 A320ceo aircraft. T

15th Sep 2016 | Read more

Boeing forecasts China demand at US$1 trillion

Boeing said it is projecting that China will need 6,810 new airplanes over the next 20 years.

14th Sep 2016 | Read more

SIA won’t renew A380 lease

The question of a secondary market for the giant A380 Aibus jet took an interesting turn as Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced on 14 September i

14th Sep 2016 | Read more

Airbus announces Vietnamese deals

European plane maker Airbus announced Tuesday it had signed deals worth about US$6.5 billion with three Vietnamese airlines for 40 planes

6th Sep 2016 | Read more

Boeing posts Q2 loss

US airplane manufacturer Boeing announced this week that its second quarter loss was lower than expected at US$234 million

28th Jul 2016 | Read more

Malaysia Airlines orders $5 billion in 737 Max jets

Boeing and troubled Malaysia Airlines have announced a deal in which the Southeast Asian airline has signed a firm order for 25 737 MAX 8 airplanes

27th Jul 2016 | Read more

China’s HNA buying majority of SR Technics

SR Technics has announced that its sole shareholder, Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi investment and development company, has agreed to sell an 80 percent stake in the company to Haik

17th Jul 2016 | Read more

Farnborough recap 15 July

Combined sales of US$61.8 billion is nothing to sneeze at, but

15th Jul 2016 | Read more

Aviation trio turns 100

Boeing, Dassault and AAV’s media colleague, Aviation Week & Space Technology celebrate 100 years.

14th Jul 2016 | Read more


Asiana IDT, the IT service provider and affiliate of the Kumho Asiana Group based in Korea, today announced a partnership agreement with global travel technology provider SITA.

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

Farnborough recap 14 July

Boeing signs deals for 20 737 MAX 8s, 6 Dreamliners

14th Jul 2016 | Read more

Majors score sales, but overall tempo slowing at Farnborough

Global manufacturers Airbus and Boeing scored some big sales on the second day of the Farnborough Airshow but the tempo of sales compared to years past is tapering off

13th Jul 2016 | Read more

Boeing forecasts demand at US$5.9 trillion

US manufacturing stalwart Boeing announced at the Farnborough Airshow in England that it projects a global demand for 39,620 new airplanes over the next 20 years,

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Embraer sells E190s to Indonesia’s Kalstar

Brazillian plane maker Embraer announced at Farnborough that Indonesia’s Kalstar Aviation, a regional operator, signed a firm order for five E190-E2s

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Vietnam’s JetStar signs MOU for A320ceos

Airbus announced at Farnborough that Ho Chi Minh City-based low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines has signed an MOU for 10 A320ceo aircraft worth up to US$980 million at list prices.

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Swedish lessor signs LOI for 10 MRJs

Mitsubishi Aircraft announced at Farnborough that Sweden’s Rockton AB, a regional aircraft leasing company, had signed a letter of intent for a firm order of 10 MRJ90 aircraft

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Gulfstream G280 sets record

Gulfstream Aerospace announced that its super mid-sized G280 set a speed record between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Luton, England

1st Jul 2016 | Read more

Hawker Pacific announces first Australian order of Beechcraft King Air C90GTx

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East is pleased to announce the first Australian order of a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx to the leading flight training provider CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.

30th Jun 2016 | Read more

Airbus seals helicopter deal with China

Airbus and a Chinese consortium made up of China Aviation Supplies (CAS), Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development (Qingdao United) and CITIC Offshore Helicopter (COHC) have agreed to set up a final assembly operation

14th Jun 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Basel Completions Center launches 3D App JetVision at EBACE 2016

et Aviation Basel launched its 3D application, JetVision, at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.

25th May 2016 | Read more

Safran and AFI KLM E&M to create joint venture for aircraft engine parts repair

Today, at the Palais de l'Elysée in Paris, in the presence of the French President, Safran Aircraft Engines and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group) signed a Memorandum of Understanding

25th May 2016 | Read more

Hawker Pacific appoints General Manager Helicopter Sales and Support to meet growing demand

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has announced a significant investment in resources and technologies

18th May 2016 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace Delivers First System to Hafei-Harbin Helicopters

Liebherr-Aerospace has recently delivered its first cooling system to the Chinese manufacturer Hafei-Harbin (AVIC Group)

17th May 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Singapore receives FAA approval and certification from the Thailand Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) for the Gulfstream G280

Jet Aviation Singapore recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support the Gulfstream G280 aircraft.

13th Apr 2016 | Read more

Liebherr Delivers First Prototype of Folding Wing Tip Actuation System for B777X

Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Lindenberg (Germany) achieved a major milestone when delivering the first proof of concept prototype units for the Boeing 777X folding wing tip actuation system end of February 2016.

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

Boeing to cut 4,000 jobs as battle with Airbus continues

Despite record order completions last year, US aerospace giant is attempting to cut costs against resurgent European rival

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Hong Kong provides certification to Canadian-registered aircraft in Asia

Hong Kong, SAR / March 22, 2016 – Jet Aviation Hong Kong recently has been approved via a Master Service Agreement (MSA) between Transport Canada and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department

23rd Mar 2016 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Engines Power Asia’s First A320neo for IndiGo

IndiGo’s first Airbus A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engines,

18th Mar 2016 | Read more

First China Airlines A350XWB takes shape in Airbus’ Final Assembly Line

Assembly of the main airframe sections of the first A350 XWB for China Airlines is advancing at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.

4th Feb 2016 | Read more

Jet Aviation Zurich FBO handles vast majority of Head-of-State WEF 2016 flights

Jet Aviation Zurich spent months preparing for the surge of VIP customers that arrived in Zurich to attend the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held January 20-23, 2016 in Davos, Switzerland.

26th Jan 2016 | Read more

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega takes a major step in “Project Icebird” with a contract for three rescue AW169s

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has placed an order for three AW169 light intermediate twin-engine

2nd Dec 2015 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace Ranks First in Customer Service Support for Dassault’s Falcon Fleet

Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS has recently received from Dassault Aviation an award as “Best Falcon Customer Service Provider” for the fourth consecutive year.

18th Nov 2015 | Read more

Russian Helicopters launches flight testing of second Mi-171A2 prototype

Russian Helicopters, part of state corporation Rostec, has started flight testing of a second prototype of the medium multirole Mi-171A2 at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.

10th Nov 2015 | Read more

GE and Emirates are celebrating the accumulation of one million cycles with its GE90 engine fleet.

“The GE90 engine has been an integral part of Emirates growth strategy,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Emirates.

10th Nov 2015 | Read more

AAR to Highlight Expanded Presence in the Middle East at Dubai Airshow

AAR, an industry-leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines, OEMs and governments, will highlight at the Dubai Air Show

6th Nov 2015 | Read more

AAR Signs MOU with KAI to Help Develop Commercial MRO in South Korea

Global maintenance providers establish strategic repair partnership

9th Sep 2015 | Read more


FlightSafety International announces that it is building a new Cessna Citation XLS+ aircraft simulator.

2nd Sep 2015 | Read more

Liebherr-Aerospace and its Joint Venture Liebherr LAMC Aviation (Changsha) Deliver First Landing Gear for the COMAC C919

On July 14, 2015, Liebherr LAMC Aviation (Changsha) Co., Ltd., the joint venture between the Chinese company LAMC (AVIC Landing Gear Advanced Manufacturing Corp.)

31st Jul 2015 | Read more

Boeing and Japan’s participation in 777X

Boeing has formalised agreements with a consortium of five Japanese suppliers to produce large parts for the 777X programme.

24th Jul 2015 | Read more

CFM delivers first Leap-1C to Comac

CFM International has delivered the first Leap-1C engine to Comac for its in-development C919 narrowbody programme.

23rd Jul 2015 | Read more


Rolls-Royce today joined celebrations to mark Vietnam Airlines becoming the second airline in the world to operate the Airbus A350 XWB

3rd Jul 2015 | Read more

Honeywell wins IndiGo A320neo deal

IndiGo will become the first Indian airline to feature Honeywell’s SmartRunway/SmartLanding system, following its decision to equip the 250 A320neo aircraft

7th May 2015 | Read more

Rolls-Royce wins Emirates deal

Rolls-Royce has won a US$9.2 billion order from Emirates for 200 Trent 900 engines to power 50 Airbus A380s ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013.

21st Apr 2015 | Read more

Cobham SATCOM starts AirAsia deliveries

Cobham SATCOM has started deliveries to supply 150 of its four-channel AVIATOR 1200SP SwiftBroadband system to AirAsia.

21st Apr 2015 | Read more

ARINC Border Management helps smooth Vietnamese PAX flows

The implementation of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Border Management solution at all international airports in Vietnam has resulted in a 90 percent improvement in passenger processing times, and an 80 percent improvement in the quality of the data when compared to the data handled manually.

21st Apr 2015 | Read more

Proposed start-up Fly Mojo signs LOI for 20 CS100s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Malaysian proposed start-up Fly Mojo for 20 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 20 CS100 aircraft.

20th Mar 2015 | Read more

Rockwell Collins unveils ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service

Rockwell Collins has unveiled its ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service, which uses a wide variety of different data sources to locate aircraft anywhere in the world.

10th Mar 2015 | Read more

Lion opts for Trent 700

Lion Group has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines for its three Airbus A330-300ceo aircraft that it ordered in December.

5th Feb 2015 | Read more

Nextant completes first G90XT test flight

Nextant Aerospace has successfully completed the first test flight for the new G90XT turboprop.

23rd Jan 2015 | Read more

MTU and EOS collaborate on 3D printing

MTU Aero Engines has signed a framework agreement with EOS for the joint strategic development of additive technology (i.e. 3D printing).

23rd Jan 2015 | Read more

Embraer makes Indonesian breakthrough

Embraer has made a breakthrough in the Indonesian market, with Kalstar Aviation taking two E-195s on lease through Aldus Aviation.

13th Jan 2015 | Read more

Qatar A350 delivery delay

Qatar Airways has announced that the delivery of the first Airbus A350, scheduled for early next week, has been put on hold.

11th Dec 2014 | Read more

BOC opens Tianjin subsidiary

BOC Aviation has opened its subsidiary BOC Aviation Leasing (Tianjin) Ltd, located within the Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone in Tianjin, China.

26th Nov 2014 | Read more

NokScoot livery unveiled

NokScoot has unveiled its aircraft livery together with its cabin crew uniform design. The low-cost long-haul’s Boeing 777-200 aircraft arrived at its home base, Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport, on November 23.

24th Nov 2014 | Read more

Nextant gains CAAC approval for 400XTi

Nextant Aerospace’s 400XTi has received supplemental type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

7th Nov 2014 | Read more

Pelican Introduces Pelican ProGear™ Elite Luggage

September 24, 2014 - Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective case solutions, is unveiling Pelican ProGear™ Elite luggage.luggage_group_all_colors_low_sm 3

15th Oct 2014 | Read more

Gippsaero GA8 Airvan sets off again

Hawker Pacific, leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Stylish Stowage at Altitude

New Zealand’s Altitude Aerospace Interiors has delivered the first of its customised first class cabin

9th Jul 2014 | Read more

Hawker Pacific to show Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up at Rotortech 2014

Hawker Pacific is displaying a mock-up of the recently launched Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at RotorTech 2014 on the Sinshine Coast on May 24 and 25.

9th May 2014 | Read more

AFI KLM E&M wins Air China GE90 deal

AFI KLM E&M has signed a 15 year deal with Air China to support the latter’s GE90 engines

2nd May 2014 | Read more

GE & EGAT in new JV

GE Aviation and Taiwan’s EGAT have formed a new joint-venture specializing in the overhaul of the GEnx engines

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

LHT and LIST JV for business jets

Lufthansa Technik and LIST components & furniture have teamed up to launch a new joint

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

Regionals shine in Singapore

The Singapore Airshow 2014 saw orders US$32 billion at list price, surpassing the value of deals announced in 2012.

20th Feb 2014 | Read more

Boeing starts 777X wind tunnel tests

Boeing has started low-speed wind tunnel tests on the 777X

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

787-9 takes to the Air

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time today, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification

19th Sep 2013 | Read more

GE Fans Out on Testing of New GE9X Fan Blades

GE Aviation has begun testing on its new composite fan blades for the GE9X, the next-generation GE90 engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft. This validation test is the first of several testing programs GE has planned this year for the GE9X fan module.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

Korean Air Chooses ARINC as Primary Satellite Communication Services Provider

ARINC has announced that Korean Air has renewed its contracts for ARINC AviNet® wide-area network services as well as GLOBALinkSM data and voice communications services.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

Airbus returns to form

As the world's aerospace industry gathers in Paris for Europe’s premier air show this month, Airbus can "project an image as the more-reliable 'jetmaker', despite the merits of the [Boeing] 777X design" with which the US manufacturer expects to compete against the European company's new Rolls-Royce Trent-powered A350 XWB, according to consultant Richard Aboulafia.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Composite competence

Last year, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 36 per cent of the worldwide market in value for composite production and 41 per cent in volume, according to Frederique Mutel, president and chief executive officer of the JEC Group, which is the world’s largest composite industry organisation, representing, promoting and expanding the industry.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Trent XWB Egines for Singapore Airlines A350-900

Rolls-Royce has welcomed a decision by Singapore Airlines to select 30 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft that will be powered by Trent XWB engines – the most efficient large civil aero engines flying in the world today.

31st May 2013 | Read more

Aircraft Interiors Expo Show Report

European seat manufacturer EADS Sogerma launched its new Celeste narrowbody business class/premium economy seat during the show. Celeste is pitched at a minimum of 40 inches, with a single actuator or a G mechanism to a cradle relaxed position up to 45 degrees.

6th May 2013 | Read more


Australian operators of Robinson R44 helicopters faced being grounded at the end of April if they had not fitted their aircraft with upgraded fuel tanks designed to reduce the risk of post-accident fire. In early April, when the Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued the directive, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had assessed that about 100 Australian R44 helicopters would not meet the service bulletin by the deadline.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Interior innovations

Developments in aircraft seating, lighting and interiors are set to make the journey of the future more pleasurable while delivering weight, maintenance and cost savings for airlines

25th Mar 2013 | Read more


Bombardier Aerospace is a very pragmatic manufacturer, having wisely responded to changes in the prevailing wind as it spent several years preparing to bring its latest commercial aircraft – the new CSeries (CS) narrowbody – to the runway.

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

Gulfstream targets Australia with G280 and G650

Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream brought its super mid-sized G280 and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 to the Avalon air show for the first time, with the manufacturer expecting the aircraft to be popular in the country’s growing business jet market.

25th Mar 2013 | Read more

Eurocopter India retains the market lead

Paced by the sales of light helicopters in 2012, Eurocopter India continued its leadership role in the Indian market last year – capturing a 70 percent share of the new civilian helicopter bookings and 43 percent of registered deliveries in this key geographical region.

9th Feb 2013 | Read more

SSJ100 set for Indonesia

The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 for an Indonesian customer has arrived in Ulyanovsk from Komsomolsk-on-Amur for painting and interior installation.

1st Nov 2012 | Read more

ANZ gets first ATR72-600

Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft, painted in the colours of the national rugby team the All Blacks.

1st Nov 2012 | Read more

Boeing delivers with a smile

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER to Air China, featuring a livery with 40 smiling faces of Chinese people, selected through a social media campaign.

1st Nov 2012 | Read more

First Asian ATR 72-600 delivered

ATR has delivered the first ATR 72-600 aircraft in the livery of an Asian carrier.

2nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Thai gets first A380

Thai Airways International has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the ninth airline to operate the super jumbo.

2nd Oct 2012 | Read more

ICBC orders 50 A320s

ICBC Financial Leasing has signed an agreement with Airbus for a total of 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 30 A320ceo and 20 A320neo.

6th Sep 2012 | Read more

Qantas cancels 35 787-9s

Qantas has cancelled a firm order for 35 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners after announcing a full year net loss of A$244 million ($254.80 million).

23rd Aug 2012 | Read more

Intrepid move for Sichuan

Sichuan Airlines has leased an additional Airbus A330-300 from Intrepid Aviation. The aircraft, which will be delivered in the 4th Quarter of 2014, will be the third A330 Intrepid will be leasing to the Chinese carrier.

22nd Aug 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: Asian orders

The Farnborough Air Show may have been relatively subdued, but Asian carriers were (as ever) still prominent amongst the order announcements from Airbus and Boeing.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: Mitsubishi wins 100-strong order

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has won an order "in principle" for 100 MRJ regional jets from US regional carrier SkyWest - providing a major boost for Asia's indigenous aircraft manufacturing sector and nearly doubling the MRJ order book.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: MAS set to replace 777-200ER with A330

Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhan said at Farnborough that the carrier is accelerating its disposal of Boeing 747-400s and looking to phase out its 777-200ERs within three years, possibly replacing them with Airbus A330-300s.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: ATR signs Asia deals

Asia continued to be a key market for ATR at Farnborough, with TransAsia Airways and Lao Airlines signing orders.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

Farnborough 2012: Engine manufacturers battle it out

Engine manufacturers announced a series of product enhancements, as well as order at Farnborough.

13th Jul 2012 | Read more

MRJ gets test landing gear

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has received its first landing gear from Sumitomo Precision Products for use at the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) in-house testing facility.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

Thai Smile gets first A320

THAI Smile has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, in Hamburg, Germany on Friday 28th June - the first A320 in the Thai Group.

6th Jul 2012 | Read more

THY set for A380 or 747-8 order

Turkish Airlines is looking to order at least 15 jumbos - either Airbus A380s or Boeing 747-8s, with a decision possible by next month.

28th Jun 2012 | Read more

O'Neil to head up R-R Seletar

Rolls-Royce has appointed Paul O’Neil as Director of the Group’s Seletar Campus in Singapore

22nd Jun 2012 | Read more

Korean Air wins Airbus award

Korean Air received the accolade of best operator of A330 at the Airbus A300/A340 Technical Symposium event held in Bangkok, the seventh award that Korean Air has obtained since the year 2000.

22nd Jun 2012 | Read more

747-8I enters commercial service

The first commercial service for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental was flown by Lufthansa on the first day of June, with a flight from Frankfurt to Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport.

5th Jun 2012 | Read more

First flight for MRJ engine

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has completed the first flight test on Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1200G engine for the MRJ, just a week after it announced a delay to the programme

4th May 2012 | Read more

Rolls opens KL service hub

Rolls-Royce has opened its first purpose-built field services hub for Malaysia, situated in the main terminal building in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

4th May 2012 | Read more

Boeing shows off dual-feather winglet

Boeing has shown off its new dual-feather winglet design concept for the 737 MAX, promising up to 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement on long range flights, on top of the 10-12 percent already offered by the MAX.

4th May 2012 | Read more

Nancy Bird-Walton returns

18 months after she suffered an uncontained engine failure shortly after take-off from Singapore, Qantas A380 Nancy Bird-Walton has returned to action after one of the most comprehensive repairs in aviation history.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

Mitsubishi provides programme delay details

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) has given details on its previously announced programme delay, which will see the first flight slip from the second quarter of 2012 to October-December 2013, and first delivery from first quarter of 2014 to the summer of 2015.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

ANA conducts first 787 bio-fuel flight

Boeing has flown its first biofuel-powered 787 Dreamliner, with a delivery flight for launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) part-fuelled by used cooking oil.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

Mubadala to supply Boeing composites

Mubadala Aerospace has won a ten-year direct contract from Boeing to produce composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner for delivery from 2013.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

Qantas selects LEAP for Jetstar

Qantas has selected CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order for its Jetstar LCC subsidiary. The engine order has a catalogue price of US$ 2 billion, including spare engines.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

APAC suppliers recognised by Boeing

Two Asia-Pacific companies - Fuji Heavy Industries of Tochigi, Japan and Ferra Engineering of Brisbane Australia - are among 16 firms or academic institutions honoured in Boeing's 'Supplier of the year' awards.

20th Apr 2012 | Read more

Garuda orders 11 A330s

Garuda Indonesia has placed an order with Airbus for 11 Airbus A330-300s as it continues its expansion that will see it have a fleet of 194 aircraft by 2015.

12th Apr 2012 | Read more

Air Astana retires first Fokker 50

Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana has retired the first Fokker 50 from its fleet, as it begins to move its regional operations over to the Embraer 190.

12th Apr 2012 | Read more

JAL adds another E170

JAL has ordered another Embraer E170, roughly three years after the type originally went into service with its regional offshoot J-Air.

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

Rockwell Collins and LETRI form JV

Rockwell Collins is to form a joint venture in China to develop surveillance products for the Comac C919 narrowbody. The joint venture is with Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

4th Apr 2012 | Read more

Japan first for Airbus ACJ

Airbus has won its first order in the Japanese corporate jet market, signing a deal with a private customer for an ACJ319.

30th Mar 2012 | Read more

Bombardier/COMAC step up cooperation

Bombardier and COMAC have signed a "definitive agreement" covering areas including cockpit commonality as they seek to bolster their efforts to take on Airbus and Boeing.

29th Mar 2012 | Read more

Manufacturers sign bio-fuel MoU

EADS / Airbus, Boeing and Embraer today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join forces on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels.

23rd Mar 2012 | Read more

JAL set for 787 launch

Japan Airlines has announced that it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25, with the aircraft to be flown from Seattle, Everett to Tokyo, Narita by JAL pilots the following day.

23rd Mar 2012 | Read more

MAS reveals A380 details

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has released details on the cabin of its Airbus A380s that will play a crucial role in its turnaround plan.

8th Mar 2012 | Read more

Comac and Boeing ink deal

Boeing and Comac have signed a collaboration agreement that will see them create a green technology research centre as well as arrange annual meetings and exchange market forecasts.

8th Mar 2012 | Read more

Boeing rolls out 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing gave a roll-out to its first 747-8 Intercontinental earlier this week, with a VIP-configured aircraft flying out of Seattle.

1st Mar 2012 | Read more

China Southern orders ten 777-300ERs

China Southern has placed an order with Boeing for ten 777-300ERS. The aircraft are due to be delivered from 2013 to 2016.

28th Feb 2012 | Read more

Rolls opens Selatar campus

The opening of the Rolls-Royce campus at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore is a major boost for Asia's aviation industry

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

PIA buys five 777-300ERs

Pakistan International Airlines is to buy five Boeing 777-300ERs as it seeks to renew its fleet and expand into new long-haul markets

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

Trent XWB takes to the air

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has taken to the skies for the first time, powering an Airbus A380 test aircraft in Toulouse, France. The aircraft flew with one of its four Trent 900 engines replaced by a Trent XWB.

23rd Feb 2012 | Read more

Singapore Special

This year’s Singapore Airshow could be the biggest yet and, once again, gives the island nation a chance to highlight its aerospace capabilities and its strategic significance as an aviation hub, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Despite continued economic uncertainty in key markets such as Europe and the USA, demand for new aircraft remains strong – as evidenced by the order and delivery tallies just released by manufacturers Airbus and Boeing (see pages 26-27). Asia’s relatively healthy economies and pent-up demand in China and India are now more alluring to aircraft makers than ever, and all key forecasts for the next two decades show the region as the driver of the continued growth of the global aviation industry. This is encouraging news for the organisers of this year’s Singapore Airshow – the biggest event of its kind outside of Europe.

20th Jan 2012 | Read more

Manufacturers Airbus leads 2011 orders, deliveries

ontinuing concerns about the global economy have not stifled growth in demand for new aircraft, with Airbus and Boeing together collecting about 2,500 new orders and completing more than 1,000 deliveries in 2011, writes Ian Goold. Just hours after Boeing announced plans late last year to close down its plant in Wichita, Kansas, which dates back to the 1920s when it was the Stearman Aircraft factory, the city authorities were on the phone to rival Airbus, discussing possible expansion of the European company's facility there.

20th Jan 2012 | Read more

Manufacturers A380 faces wing-cracking problems

Four years after entry into service, the Airbus A380 – the world’s largest airliner –

20th Jan 2012 | Read more

Industry Round-Up

Updates from AJ Walter, AgustaWestland, Bombardier, HAECO

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

A350 schedule could slip even further, claims US analyst

US investment-advice consultancy Bernstein Research believes that the new Airbus A350 twin-aisle twinjet may be delayed beyond the manufacturer’s latest schedule, issued in November. The European manufacturer revised its production timetable for the A350 XWB (an abbreviation of "extra-wide body") following delays in sub-assembly deliveries from suppliers in Europe and the USA, pushing the start of final assembly back from late 2011 to early 2012. The scheduled first-flight date for the initial A350-900 variant has slipped from late 2012 to 2013's first quarter, with entry into service (EIS) with launch customer Qatar Airways consequently delayed by six months, to the first half of 2014. Similarly, Bernstein has revised its own, more pessimistic, prediction of A350-900 EIS by some six months to mid-2015, having previously predicted delivery of eight A350s in 2014 and 50 in 2015.

5th Dec 2011 | Read more

Single-aisle contenders line up

Airbus and Boeing’s re-engined versions of their best-selling single-aisle jetliners face competition from a number of all-new designs, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Airbus and Boeing have both been grabbing headlines and racking up orders with re-engined versions of their market-leading single-aisle aircraft families. With all the attention that has been focused on these manufacturers as Airbus’s A320neo and Boeing’s 737 MAX go head-to-head, it is easy to forget that both those models will be facing emerging competition from a clutch of all-new single-aisle jetliners.

10th Nov 2011 | Read more

Boeing’s 737 MAX gains support

After months of hesitation, Boeing has finally committed to a re-engined 737 in response to the massive success of Airbus’s A320neo. Ian Goold examines the programme

4th Oct 2011 | Read more

Environment - Leading the green revolution

From biofuels to efficient aircraft design to aircraft recycling – the global aviation industry is trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Emma Kelly reports on the industry’s green initiatives.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Industry Round-Up - Updates from Airbus, Liebherr, ST Aerospace

AIRBUS has transported the first A350 XWB nose section to its plant in St Nazaire from partner Aerolia’s site in Méaulte, using one of the manufacturer’s Beluga aircraft. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landing gear bay. Making the best use of modern, high-tech materials, the A350 XWB nose section is made of 40 percent composites, 55 percent aluminium/aluminium-lithium and 5 percent titanium. Once assembled and equipped, the nose section will be joined to the forward fuselage (made and equipped in Hamburg) to form the A350 XWB front fuselage.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Industry Outlook - Airbus predicts strong growth in airliner numbers to 2030

According to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years will total 26,900 new passenger jetliners and more than 900 dedicated freighters, with the Asia-Pacific region as a major growth driver. The combined value of the new aircraft will be about US$3.5 trillion.

28th Sep 2011 | Read more

Industry Round-Up Sept 2011

Updates from Fokker Services, AJ Walter, Gulfstream

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

Boeing comes out swinging

So we finally know the answer. For months now, it appeared that Boeing was unable to commit itself to a concrete strategy on the future of its single-aisle product, while Airbus racked up more than 1,200 orders for its re-engined A320neo in the nine months since the programme’s launch.

2nd Sep 2011 | Read more

In-Flight Entertainment

Connectivity and personal entertainment and communication devices have not killed off seatback in-flight entertainment and communications systems, as some had predicted. Emma Kelly looks at how IFEC manufacturers are planning for the future.

31st Aug 2011 | Read more

Boeing prepares for 787, 747-8 deliveries

Boeing Commercial Airplane has been celebrating significant milestones in its latest Model 787 and 747-8 programmes despite having to tighten up its forecast for 2011 output. Ian Goold reports. A reduction in the number of Boeing 787 and 747 deliveries expected by the end of this year (down from 25-40 to 25-30) have prompted the US manufacturer to reduce its overall estimate for 2011 shipments to 485-495 commercial aircraft. Nevertheless, Boeing is approaching the end of the its third quarter on a high, with the handover of the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) expected on 26 September, coinciding with the start of deliveries the initial four 747-8F cargo aircraft to Europe's Cargolux and Asian operator Cathay Pacific Cargo. Just over 600 days after the 787's maiden flight, systems function and reliability (F&R) testing was completed in mid-August, clearing the way for formal joint US and European certification by the end of the month (see news story, page 7). Enhanced engine performance is already planned for the 787 with development of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 "Package B" upgrade and a General Electric GEnx "performance improvement package" (PIP1) under way.

30th Aug 2011 | Read more

Trent XWB prepares for flight

Rolls-Royce has been increasing the momentum of testing in its Trent XWB programme, ahead of the start of flight trials later this year, writes Ian Goold.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Paris Show Report - Airbus raises bar for A350-1000

Airbus and Rolls-Royce jointly announced at an EADS event just before the Paris show that they would develop a more ambitious version of the A350-1000, with 97,000lb thrust RR Trent XWB engines, to meet customer demand. The aircraft will offer customers 4.5 tonnes more payload capability or 400 nautical miles of additional range than the original concept. Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said the jetliner could now match the capabilities of the 777-300ER, but with 25 percent greater efficiency.

18th Jul 2011 | Read more

Airbus closes in on A350 final assembly

Progress reports on the production of the first Airbus A350-900 were overshadowed at June\'s Paris air show by the confirmation of a two-year delay in the A350-800 and -1000 models scheduled to follow it.

18th Jul 2011 | Read more

Bombardier’s China optimism grows

In the past two years, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has tripled its 10-year forecast for business jet demand in China, and the company’s regional sales chief David Dixon believes those figures are understated. Andrzej Jeziorski reports. As a transportation group, Canada’s Bombardier has had a presence in China for half a century. The company has been involved in numerous rail projects, as well as supplying commercial and business aircraft to customers across Greater China. The company has established a number of manufacturing partnerships in the region. On the aerospace side, major components of the Q400 regional turboprop are being manufactured in Shenyang, while China’s aerospace industry is also a risk-sharing partner in Bombardier’s 100- to 149-seat CSeries single-aisle jetliner, which is expected to have its maiden flight in 2013. With an office in Beijing and a strong customer-s

9th May 2011 | Read more

Rekkof ponders potential F100 suppliers

Amsterdam-based Rekkof Aircraft – which trades as NG Aircraft – expects to involve Tier 1 aerostructures companies in its planned re-engined development of the Fokker 100 (F100) regional jet, says chief executive Maarten van Eeghen. The company has enlisted the help of Fokker Technologies, the former Stork Aerospace group that includes Fokker Aircraft Services, which is responsible for worldwide F100 fleet support. The latter is seen very much as the "housekeeper" of all things F100 and provides a link with the original design.

9th May 2011 | Read more

Eurocopter announces product line upgrades

urocopter announced “a comprehensive evolution” of its helicopter product line at this year’s Heli-Expo 2011 exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March. The upgrades are intended to offer “enhanced operating capabilities, improved mission effectiveness and increased efficiency across four families in the company’s light, medium and heavy rotary-wing aircraft categories,” as the manufacturer responds to evolving customer needs, Eurocopter says.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

Aircraft Interiors

The good news for airlines over the past year has been a resurgence in demand for air travel, as the world recovers from economic crisis. The bad news is that margins remains – in the words of IATA chief Giovanni Bisignani – “pathetic”. This means carriers must redouble their efforts to maximise the efficiency of their operations and fill as many seats as they can – especially in their high-yield premium cabins. One vital strategy they have had to pay increasing attention to is their aircraft cabin interiors.

4th Apr 2011 | Read more

A320neo lures customers, awakens Boeing.

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has modified its fleet plans to accommodate possible acquisition of the Airbus A320neo, thus joining a number of potential owners or operators showing interest in the re-engined aircraft.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Asia-Pacific to become biggest aviation market: Airbus .

By the end of the next decade, Asia-Pacific airlines – including those in China and India – will be carrying about a third of the world's passenger traffic, making the region the world’s largest aviation market, according to Chris Emerson, Airbus’s head of product strategy and market forecasts.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Rolls-Royce counts cost of Trent 900 failure.

As of mid-February, Australia’s Qantas Airways was still mulling the compensation it would seek after November's grounding of its A380 fleet, triggered by the uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce (R-R) Trent 900 engine.

1st Mar 2011 | Read more

Boeing again reschedules ‘seven-late-seven’

Following November's Boeing 787 in-flight fire, emergency landing, and subsequent temporary grounding, Boeing has developed a temporary modification for its six test aircraft, which now have resumed test flying. But the manufacturer has also confirmed a seventh delay to the troubled programme, as Ian Goold reports.

28th Feb 2011 | Read more

Boeing rolls out final 747 development

At a ceremony attended by about 10,000 guests, Boeing unveiled what is most likely the final chapter in the history of its 40-year-old 747 programme, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.

28th Feb 2011 | Read more

Airbus’s A350XWB takes wing

Airbus is aiming the new 270- to 440-passenger A350 XWB family at a forecast US$1.34 trillion, 20-year market for 6,240 twin-aisle jetliners, reports European correspondent Ian Goold.

28th Feb 2011 | Read more

In-flight fire compounds Boeing's 787 challenges

The latest setback to the Boeing 787 programme could see entry-into-service pushed back as far as 2012, writes Ian Goold.

13th Dec 2010 | Read more

Qantas’s Airbus A380 fleet remains grounded a week after an uncontained engine failure forced one of the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Singapore.

Qantas now has six A380s in service and 14 more on order.

12th Nov 2010 | Read more

Russia’s aerospace revival

The aerospace industry in Russia is being renovated and developed by United Aircraft, which has absorbed many of the country’s Soviet-era design bureaux and factories.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Boeing struggles with fresh 787 delays

Boeing recently announced its seventh delay to the 787 Dreamliner programme as the fleet of uncompleted aircraft at its Everett production site grows

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

General News. September 2010.

A glance at Aviation News. Sept, 2010.

1st Sep 2010 | Read more

Airbus plans A320 life-extension

Having overseen reductions in required maintenance frequency for the A320 single-aisle twinjet family, Airbus is now working to understand the design's ultimate service potential.

11th Apr 2010 | Read more

Asian Aviation at a glance